First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches

First United Methodist Church of Nacogdoches (HMIEV)

Location: Nacogdoches, TX 75961 Nacogdoches County
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N 31° 36.279', W 94° 39.278'

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At least one Methodist sermon was preached in Nacogdoches before 1821, according to tradition. After religious freedom was established by the Republic of Texas, Missionary Littleton Fowler (1803-1846) preached here on Oct. 16,1837, and soon founded this church. This was the first Protestant congregation organized in Nacogdoches after the Texas War for Independence. It began as an 18 - member "Methodist Society." Volunteering for service in Texas, the Rev. Samuel A. Williams came here from Tennessee in 1838 as the first pastor. By 1859 the Methodists were known as the active Protestants in town, by 1860 there had been 12 or more successive pastors. After meeting in homes and other places, this congregation built a church across the street from this site in 1860. A larger frame church, built in 1887 on this site, was lost in a fire in 1907. A brick building was erected in 1910. In 1925 this congregation participated in the founding of Perrite Memorial Methodist Church, on the west side of the city. In 1929 it helped establish a bible chair at Stephen F Austin State Teachers' College (later a state university). The present church building was completed in 1969.
Year Placed1977
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 11:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 343034 N 3497803
Decimal Degrees31.60465000, -94.65463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 36.279', W 94° 39.278'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 36' 16.74" N, 94° 39' 16.68" W
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Area Code(s)936, 903
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 118 E Hospital St, Nacogdoches TX 75961, US
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